Courtney looked agitated. “Look, I have too much to do already. One of my best supervisors quit last week, gave us two weeks notice. I’m afraid I won’t be able to find anyone that fast, much less get them trained.”
“So, you weren’t prepared for this?” I asked.
“This is so annoying,” Courtney replied. “I have more important things to do than to conduct a bunch of interviews.”
I was silent, raised an eyebrow.
“The problem is,” she continued, “I just talked to this candidate, only person I have talked to. Within the first three minutes of the interview, I liked him. I think he might work out.”
“You have only talked to one candidate and you are ready to make an offer?”
“I know, I know. It’s like trying to buy a car and signing for the first one you look at.”
“And, what’s wrong with that?” I prompted.
“Well, you really need to look at more than one car, even if you come back and buy the first one you looked at. You may think you know what you want, but you need to get some perspective. I mean, last time I bought a car, it took me a month. I must have looked at twenty different cars.”
“What took so long to make the decision?”
“I guess I didn’t know what I wanted. I looked at half a dozen before I started writing things down. The more I put on my list, like I really wanted a white car, with power windows, from only one of two manufacturers. Once I had a list of things I wanted, the choice got easier. When I got to the last car, I knew for sure, that’s the one I wanted.”
“You knew which car you wanted, because you wrote down the critical role requirements for the car?” I smiled.
“We’re not talking about cars, anymore, are we?”